The Repair Shop fans in tears as customer opens up about daughter’s tragic death

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The Repair Shop viewers were reduced to tears on Wednesday evening as customer opened up about her daughter's tragic death.

Stella from Birmingham was the first customer through the doors in need of some help during the latest edition of the BBC series.

She brought a seized-up retro roundabout along with her, which reminds her of her three daughters' childhoods and the fun they had growing up.

Sadly, Stella’s middle daughter Emma died in 2016 at the age of 39, leaving two young children behind.

She hoped that metal worker Dominic Chinea could get the toy working again for Emma's two young children to follow in their late mum's footsteps.

Viewers were overcome with emotion as Stella opened up about heartbreaking family tragedy.

Taking to Twitter, one fan penned: "Five minutes in and already in tears."

Another added: "I love this programme always has me in happy tears. The wonderful compassionate workmanship is inspiring.

A third person posted: "Another heartbreaking story. I’m sure the guys will do it proud."

While a fourth social media user said: "Only just started and I'm in bits.. Just the best television."

"Once again I was not emotionally ready for The Repair Shop," said a fifth viewer.

Stella told expert Dominic and host Jay Blades that her late uncle made the roundabout in he 1980s.

She explained: "He thought there might have been a business in it but unfortunately the cost involved for reproduction was going to be too much.

"It means a lot to us because this is the one my daughters played on. Now it will be used, if you can get it to work, with my grandchildren."

Stella went on to explain about her daughter's death and her plans for the renewed roundabout.

The customer said: "Emma was diagnosed with bowel cancer and it had spread to the liver.

"She got the two children. Olivia and she'd just had her youngster Flo before she passed away so it was a big shock.

"Flo had her first birthday in the hospice so she was one when she passed away.

"They would love to tread in the footsteps of my daughter. It's nice to hold onto tings that have memories.

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"They sat on it the other day and asked how it worked."

This is as it was. As long as you don't go to fast. Health and safety rules were different nowadays.

Dominic was faced with the heavy-duty task of repairing it, and he had his work cut out to get it spinning again.

Stella later returned to the barn with Olivia and Flo and the grandmother broke down in tears when she seen the renewed roundabout.

Dominic aged the two little girls to test out the roundabout and they were delighted with the results.

The Repair Shop continues on BBC One next Wednesday at 8pm

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